Arguably the most desired helmet currently available, for two reasons. One: it’s Shoei’s most advanced top of the range racing helmet they’ve ever made and two: this is the exact same helmet Marc Marquez wears in Moto GP. Well in his graphics that is, but there is NO difference between the one you’d buy and his – say no more!
Besides all that Bill has been wearing a stunning matt black version and here’s his take on this amazing new Shoei.
Bill (Sir William of Nottingham): I’ve owned the previous X-Spirit II so I was more than excited to get my head into the third version and wow! Even thought the ‘3’ is a purpose built race helmet it’s ten times more comfortable than the previous model. It’s quiet to the point of it can easily be used for touring and the new ventilation system is second to none. Inside you can alter the position of internal parts to suit your head shape, which is impressive. But the best bit is it looks and feels fantastic and well worth the price that’s predictably high. The best Shoei ever made for sure, so if you have the cash don’t hesitate just buy one. You will not be disappointed believe me?
Price: From R11,000 depending on graphics. Dark and tinted visors are around R800, which you must have of course.
Call: Your local Shoei dealer or go to www.ampsa.co.za (011 259 7750) to locate one.
Also go to www.shoei-helmets.com to drool over their full 2018 range.
Now these are very attractive gloves to say the least. Made by the product giants – Acerbis. They’ve been involved with Dakar and similar events forever, so they know a thing or two about gloves, right?
These black/day-glo yellow ones are primarily for enduro/motard riders but Bill has ‘acquired’ them for road use and gives a big thumbs up for comfort and protection.
The grey palm is made from a new material with nano technology called Nanofront, predictably. It offers high abrasion resistance and ten times more grip than normal synthetic fibers, so they say. Very cool gloves for the price indeed.
Price: R850 Call: Your local Acerbis dealer or go to www.ampsa.co.za (011 259 7750) to locate one.
Also visit www.acerbis.com to see their full range of exciting kit.
If, like many, you own any of BMW’s GS range you might like to own their top of the range carbon fibre helmet? It’s designed to be an enduro and touring helmet riddled, of course, with BMW quality.
The ‘film’ seen across the visor is for anti-fog and anti-scratch properties and the chin-bar even has a filter inside to stop you inhaling tons of dust on your travels.
The internals are all washable and the helmet accepts BMW’s matching goggles for serious off-road riding. Not cheap but it is the best BMW make for their GS owners.
Price: R10,700 Go to www.sandtonauto.bmw-motorrad.co.za (011 676 6600)
This Italian clothing company is normally associated with fancy race style apparel, especially in South Africa. However, we now have these new adventure/touring boots for the South African rider as well.
These high quality items have genuine Gore-Tex inners, which is not only expensive to make but arguably the best waterproof/breathable material available. The rest of the boot is a combination of thick leather.
Rumours are that Mr. Rossi uses these during his winter excursions, but they are just rumours and why wouldn’t he anyway?
Price: R4,650 Go to www.gutsngas.co.za or call (071 101 6146)
Also follow them on Facebook @ gutsngas to see more clothing/boot products.